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CET Evening : 21st May 2019
The latest in Wakefield LOC’s lecture series will be a combined Annual General Meeting and CET lecture. The AGM will give everyone the opportunity to learn about the work of the LOC as it interacts with local organisations, the Clinical Commissioning Group and the NHS. You will be able to ask questions, influence the direction the LOC committee takes in the future and take part in the election of a new committee.

The lecture event will be entitled Collaborative working: tips and advice for practitioners from an orthoptist's perspective’ and will be an interactive journey through the external anatomy of the structures around the eye responsible for binocular vision and a discussion of the most appropriate tests that can be used to elicit information on a patient's binocular vision status. The lecture will be presented by Danielle Guy who is an Advanced Orthoptist & Clinical Tutor at Leeds Teaching Hospitals and will be suitable for both Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians. It will be worth 1 interactive CET point.

In addition Nicola Sugdon from Charmant UK will be attending, and displaying their latest collections of frames. There will also be a raffle prize on the night, kindly donated by Charmant UK.

The event will take place on Tuesday 21st May at our usual venue of the Holmfield Eating Inn, Wakefield. The evening will get underway at 6.15pm but there will be a free buffet available from 5.45pm. If you would like to attend, please let us know via an email to cet@wakefieldoptometry.uk so that we can plan seating and catering.  (1st May 2019)

Changes to the EOS Claim Form
A slightly amended version of the current EOS Activity and Claim Form will be appearing shortly. Changes to NICE Guidelines has meant that the form has needed to be updated in a few places as well as the contractual terms of service. Wakefield CCG will be in touch to those affected practices in the next few days.

The biggest change will be that when referring patients for cataract, a Quality Of Life Questionnaire will need to be completed and retained with the patients record. It is a simple tick box form and establishes that the practice has discussed the various aspects of cataract surgery with the patient. It is also important to always offer patient the full range of cataract provider options and to help this an updated waiting time document is being prepared. The cataract and IOP Referral Guidelines have also been updated.

Copies of the the new forms (in both Excel and Open Office) will be emailed out by the Wakefield CCG very shortly and available shortly from the LOC website in the next few days.
(20th August 2018)

SpaMedica claims changes
Following a review, SpaMedia have been advised by their Data Protection Officer that due to new GDPR regulations, SpaMedica accounts can only accept claim forms for payment via the following methods from 1st August2018.

1) by secure fax on 0161 835 1704

2) by post to Accounts Department, SpaMedica Ltd, SpaMedica House, 43 Churchgate, Bolton, BL1 1HU

3) by secure email only from an nhs.net email account or encrypted document to spamedica.accounts@nhs.net

Many of our local practices will already have an NHS Mail account (and will need one now for acute referrals to Mid Yorkshire) but for those who haven't NHS.net email addresses are available to community optometrists by applying through the following link at https://portal.nhs.net/Help/joiningnhsmail.
(18th August 2018)